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  • Malmkrog

    Malmkrog

    ★★★★★

    You’re invited to Christmas Eve at Nikolai’s estate, somewhere in the snowy Transylvanian countryside. You’ll be joined by some of his bourgeois friends, a general’s wife, a young Christian woman, a Franco-Russian aristocrat and a noble French woman. It will be a day of food, drinks and conversation thanks to Nikolai’s hospitality and his army of household servants. The year is 1900.

    The latest film from Romanian New Wave director Cristi Puiu asks much from its audience. It’s three hours…

  • Nomadland

    Nomadland

    ★★

    Oof. If you’re going to intentionally obfuscate reality and fiction so recklessly, I need it to amount to a lot more than a thin tale of sustained grief. In its final minutes, the film pivots so sharply towards a message of arrested development, it’s as if the film is done using McDormand’s Fern as a vehicle to explore the real-life Nomads, and instead it has to dash together an explanation for why she self-sabotages.

    Fern’s connections with the enormity of…

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  • Loveless

    Loveless

    ★★★★★

    Andrey Zvyagitsev’s horrific drama uses the pretence of a missing child to send a chilling message about the current stat of Russia and the world.

    Zhenya and Boris are going through a nasty divorce. Though they still live together, both have other partners and another future they can’t wait to plunge into head first. They also have a son, Alyosha, and deep down both wish they didn’t. For them, Alyosha represents every past decision they regret, and makes them doubt…

  • Jojo Rabbit

    Jojo Rabbit

    ½

    I hate this movie.

    There is only one good thing about this film and it’s Scarlett Johansson’s performance. She’s a delight and comes through this film unscathed.

    Everything else about this film is a dumpster fire.

    Young JoJo grows up in Nazi Germany. He’s sent to a Nazi camp designed to turn young innocent minds into anti-Semitic murderers when an accident with a bomb brings him home to be cared for by his mom. He then discovers she is secretly…